In the October issue of Land Line, we ran a special column written for us by TruckerTherapy.com’s Buck Black, LCSW, LCAC. A licensed therapist, I knew who he was before I got to know him through the St. Christopher Fund. We are both on the Board of Directors. I asked him to write something for us on stress and by the response from our readers – it was a topic that hit a nerve.
Here’s Buck on stress in the lives of truckers.
Stress is something that cannot be avoided. We all know that feeling of having too much to do or simply feeling like we cannot relax. Some stress can be positive, because it helps us to wake up on time, to respond to important tasks, and to better ourselves and our families. When stress becomes overwhelming, it slows us down, increases the rate at which we make mistakes, and even makes us sick and unproductive.
It is my fear that truckers will develop stress-related problems at a greater rate as more and more regulations are imposed upon them. It is understandable there is a need for regulation in the trucking profession. However, when rules and regulations go too far, this causes stress, which becomes counter-productive.
It is important to point out that feeling powerless is also a stressor. Many of my clients are describing the feeling of powerlessness and high levels of stress as they worry about current and future regulations.
Change = Stress is the equation.